Prakash Ambedkar, former Lok Sabha member from Akola in Maharashtra and grandson of B R Ambedkar, is emerging as the top choice of Left parties for the presidential election. He is also the leader of Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh.
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury is holding informal consultations with the Congress and non-NDA parties to know their opinion about his candidature, sources in Left parties said today.
"We are thinking of Prakash Ambedkar. If the Congress and other opposition parties agree, we will put him up (for the July 17 presidential election)," a source in CPI(M) told PTI.
The Left parties are firm that the opposition must put up its candidate against NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind, though they are well aware that the numbers are loaded against them, the sources said.
"It will be a political contest, we are not expecting to win the election," a top Left leader said.
Senior leaders of non-NDA parties, including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP president Sharad Pawar and Yechury, are slated to meet tomorrow to discuss the issue.
Earlier it was learned that besides Ambedkar, former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, ex-Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, CPI national secretary D Raja and retired diplomat Gopal Krishna Gandhi are being considered as probable contenders by Opposition parties. PTI RS GK KIS
(With PTI inputs)